2013 CSC Annual Workshop: Contemporary Chinese discourses and social change in China

Date:8-9 August 2013

This workshop will bring together for the first time in Australia leading world experts in the area of Chinese language, Chinese linguistics and sociolinguistics, especially in contemporary Chinese discourse studies. The workshop will afford the first opportunity to these scholars, spread across four continents, to gather in a single location and forge a new, innovative collaborative research agenda for the decades to come.

The workshop is situated in the context of research on contemporary Chinese discourse with a focus on the role that language plays in the on-going socio-political transformation of Chinese society. With a view to producing new interpretative approaches in researching the complexity of discourses, this workshop will examine how discourses change in a context-dependent way; how social changes in China can lead to such shifts in the use of discourse; how social identities are constructed through language use; and the ways in which agents or agencies manipulate meanings.



Sun Chao Fen

 Professor of Chinese linguistics, Department Chair, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University, USA

TAO Hongyin (USA)

Professor of Chinese Language and Linguistics & Applied Linguistics, UCLA

LI Wei (UK)

Professor of Applied Linguistics at Birkbeck College, University of London, and Director of the Birkbeck Graduate Research School

ZHU Hua (UK)

Professor of Applied Linguistics at Birkbeck College, University of London

GU, Yueguo (China)

Research Professor of Linguistics, and Head of the Contemporary Linguistics Department, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

TIAN Hailong (China)

Professor of Linguistics and Discourse studies, School of Foreign Languages, Tianjin University of Commerce

SHI Xu (China)

Professor, Director of the Centre for Contemporary Chinese Discourse Studies, Zhejiang University

LUKE Kang Kwong (Singapore)

Professor of Linguistics,

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


(Hong Kong)

Associate Professor
Head, Division of Chinese Language and Literature, Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong

WU Doreen  (Hong Kong)

Associate Professor, Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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